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Hey Arnold: Barboza defeats Zorrilla in 140-pound showdown

Junior welterweight contender Arnold Barboza Jr. waited nearly 10 years as a pro to make his main event debut, and he took full advantage of the opportunity.

Barboza (27-0, 10 KOs), from South El Monte, California, grinded down Danielito Zorrilla to win a 10-round unanimous decision in front of a sold-out crowd of 2,836 Friday evening at Pechanga Resort Casino. Ranked No. 8 by the WBO at 140 pounds, he prevailed by scores of 98-92 and 97-93 2x.

TEMECULA, CALIFORNIA – JULY 15: Danielito Zorrilla (L) and Arnold Barboza Jr (R) exchange punches during their WBO Intercontinental jr. welterweight championship fight on July 14, 2022 in Temecula, California. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

Barboza returned from an 11-month layoff in vintage form, wearing down Zorrilla with a consistent body attack and well-placed right hands. Zorrilla (16-1, 12 KOs), down big on the cards, summoned one final charge in the 10th round. He landed a crisp right hand that wobbled Barboza, creating one very anxious moment for the Southern California standout. Barboza composed himself and held on for win number 27.

Barboza said, “I was a little rusty. It’s been a while. I’m not going to be inactive like that no more, man. I’m going to be fighting constantly.

TEMECULA, CALIFORNIA – JULY 15: Danielito Zorrilla (L) and Arnold Barboza Jr (R) exchange punches during their WBO Intercontinental jr. welterweight championship fight on July 14, 2022 in Temecula, California. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

“I was more off balance {in the 10th round}. I was right there. Once you saw me off balance, I was right back to my thing. Shout out to my conditioning. My conditioning was on point.

“My manager knows, if we can’t get a title shot, you know who it is. We want Teofimo. It’s either a title shot or him.”

TEMECULA, CALIFORNIA – JULY 15: Jair Valtierra (L) and Raymond Muratalla (R) exchange punches during their lightweight fight on July 15, 2022 in Temecula, California. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

Muratalla Dominates Valtierra

Lightweight sensation Raymond “Danger” Muratalla (15-0, 12 KOs) shut out the game Jair Valtierra (16-2, 8 KOs) over eight rounds by identical scores of 80-71. Muratalla, from Fontana, California, dropped Valtierra with a left hook in the fourth.

Muratalla landed 133 power punches to 20 for Valtierra, but saw his nine-bout knockout streak end.

TEMECULA, CALIFORNIA – JULY 15: Raymond Muratalla celebrates after defeating Jair Valtierra, during their lightweight fight on July 15, 2022 in Temecula, California. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

Muratalla pressed for the knockout in the eighth round, but the stubborn Valtierra fired back and saw the final bell.

“I did OK. I felt like I was a little bit sloppy. I could’ve done a lot better. There are better days to come,” Muratalla said. “I just want to stay active, keep fighting, and whatever opponents they bring to me, they bring to me. I just want to get to the top, and I’m going to keep fighting and fighting.”

TEMECULA, CALIFORNIA – JULY 15: Richard Torrez Jr inside the ring before his heavyweight fight with Roberto Zavala Jr, on July 15, 2022 in Temecula, California. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

Torrez Jr. Stops Zavala Jr. in 58 Seconds

Heavyweight U.S. Olympic silver medalist Richard Torrez Jr. (2-0, 2 KOs) wasted little time, stopping Roberto Zavala Jr. (2-2-1, 2 KOs) at 58 seconds of the opening round.

Torrez pressed forward and backed Zavala Jr. into the blue corner, unleashing a combination that prompted Eddie Hernandez Sr. to wave it off.

TEMECULA, CALIFORNIA – JULY 15: Roberto Zavala Jr (L) and Richard Torrez Jr (R) exchange punches during their heavyweight fight on July 15, 2022 in Temecula, California. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

Torrez Jr. returns Aug. 27 on the ESPN-televised undercard of the Jose Pedraza-Richard Commey main event in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Torrez Jr. said, “I want to thank Top Rank for keeping me active and giving me the platform to showcase my talents. Every fight is a learning experience, and I can’t wait until August 27 in Tulsa.”

In other results:

Heavyweight: 

TEMECULA, CALIFORNIA – JULY 15: Bernardo Marquez (L) and Stephan Shaw (R) exchange punches during their heavyweight fight on July 15, 2022 in Temecula, California. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

Stephan Shaw (17-0, 13 KOs) KO 1 Bernardo Marquez (14-5-1, 10 KOs), 2:35. “Big Shot” Shaw lived up to the billing with an explosive power burst that dropped Marquez three times in less than three minutes.

Shaw, from St. Louis, ended the evening with a chopping right hand that dropped Marquez to the canvas. Shaw is 2-0 in 2022 since signing a co-promotional pact with Top Rank.

TEMECULA, CALIFORNIA – JULY 15: Floyd Diaz celebrates after defeating Pedro Salome, during their junior featherweight fight on July 15, 2022 in Temecula, California. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

Junior Featherweight: 

Floyd Diaz (6-0, 2 KOs) KO 3 Pedro Salome (3-1-1, 1 KO), 1:17. Four weeks after improving to 5-0, Diaz returned with a power flourish. After a competitive opening round, Diaz turned the tables in the second round and floored Salome with an overhand right in the third.

Referee Daniel Sandoval waved off the fight after a three-punch combination staggered Salome.

TEMECULA, CALIFORNIA – JULY 15: Jorge Marron Jr (L) and Adrian Yung (R) fight to a draw in their junior welterweight fight on July 15, 2022 in Temecula, California. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

Welterweight: 

Adrian Yung (28-7-3, 22 KOs) DRAW 6 Jorge Marron Jr. (20-3-2, 7 KOs). Scores: 59-55 Yung and 57-57 2x. Yung, who was originally supposed to fight Muratalla, was not fazed by the late-notice opponent.

Marron, who hails from San Diego, brought a sizable cheering contingent but had to settle for his second consecutive draw.

Featherweight: 

Austin Brooks (7-0, 2 KOs) UD 4 Victor Saravia. (1-3, 1 KO). Scores: 40-36 3x.

Credit: Top Rank Boxing

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